Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Through The Eyes Of LincsConnect

Around me in Lincolnshire – Sleaford by LincsConnect. This is the second of my series of blogs ‘through the eyes of LincsConnect’.  I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

It’s funny how a pre-conceived blog can change so much and so quickly.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Sleaford many times so the layout of the blog was already pre-conceived.  However, my research made me realise how little I know about the town.

Sleaford – Getting There

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Sleaford is conveniently located between Grantham (15 miles), Newark (19 miles), Boston (17 miles), Lincoln (20 miles) & Stamford (29 miles)

Split Sleaford into three areas and you’ll realise that there is more to the town than meets the eye.  We have Quarrington, Old Sleaford  and  New Sleaford (or ‘Sleaford’ as we know it now).  New Sleaford has enveloped both Old Sleaford and Quarrington during its recent ‘growth spurt’. We can therefore be forgiven for not realising how much the landscape has changed. In fact, the landscape has changed dramatically.  Over the last 250 years or so we now the ‘Old River Slea’ and the ‘New River Slea’ plus a railway line or two.  I’ll talk more about the rivers later though.

The A15 running North/South come to Sleaford from Lincoln in the North and Peterborough from the South.  Driving East/West the A17 links Boston through Sleaford to Newark.

The Sleaford railway station was opened in 1857 nd led to the ultimately demise of the canal.  It’s the only station in the region to offer North/South ‘and’ East/West destinations.  Trains run from Peterborough and Skegness as well as Nottingham and Lincoln.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford (Quarrington)

Quarrington is worthy of a mention on its own but is now part of the larger town of Sleaford.

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St Botolph’s Church, Quarrington. Click on the picture to go to the website

The St Botolph’s Church (click the link to find them on Facebook) was originally built in the 13th Century but was rebuilt in 1812 and its tower was restored in 1887. Sunday services are being held weekly at 11.00am* with evening services via Zoom at 6.00pm.  *The obvious Covid19 restrictions apply so if you would like to attend the service please pre-book by emailing your request to stbquarrington890@gmail.com

Quarrington is located South West of Sleaford centre with the A15 to its West and A153/B1517 to its North and is thought to be the ‘mother’ parish of Old Sleaford. The walk from Quarrington is regarded as ‘easy’ and is just 3-4 miles round trip to Sleaford depending on your route:

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford (Old Sleaford)

Old Sleaford, as you might expect, had its (Northern) border running along the Old (original) River Slea.  I’ve also read that there was a Roman road running through Sleaford from Tattershall to Ancaster.  My research so far suggests that I have a choice of either King Street or Bloxholm Lane. You can probably guess what town my next blog will focus on then!

Old Sleaford was possibly an iron-age tribal centre but since then it has had links with William the Conqueror in 1086 and had a castle built by Bishop Alexander of Lincoln in around 1120/30.  Sadly though the castle fell into disrepair and was demolished in around 1600.  During its popularity it played host to both King John and Henry VIII (separately of course)!

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The site of the castle is still visible and is shown in this aerial picture. The picture was taken from Wikipedia but there is no evidence of the originator to reference here I’m afraid.

“The visible remains are now only a moat, a scrap of masonry (one small, toppled portion of a wall in the north-east corner of the inner bailey) and associated earthworks”.  For more information visit the Wikipedia site.  I’ll be paying a visit to the site soon and hope to be able to provide updated pictures.

Further reading Indicates that there was a large Manor House (the Hussey Manor House, build in 1400) at Old Place, Sleaford.  It included a moat, gate house, chapel, kiln drying oven and extensive outbuildings.  Sadly it was demolished in 1822 to make way for the new building.  If you’re planning a visit to the area look up ‘Old Place’, Sleaford.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Navigation

The river Slea surfaces to the South West of Ancaster at West Willoughby (West of Sleaford) and flows through Sleaford to South Kyme. Here it becomes the Kyme Eau and then joins the River Witham at Chapel Hill.

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The diagram shows the seven locks used in the new River Slea while the blue line to the right shows the course of the Old River Slea

The River Slea and the Nine Foot River (or Nine Foot Drain) merge in Sleaford to become one River Slea.  As the river passes through the town it becomes part of the Sleaford Navigation.  The 12.5 miles canalisation was opened in 1794 to allow continued navigation.  Inevitably (with the advent of the railway) it became redundant and fell into disrepair.  Thankfully much of it has now been restored and re-opened.  The Old River Slea was allowed to run its normal course (South of the canal) and the two rejoin at Cobblers Lock before becoming the Kyme Eau at South Kyme and eventually joining the River Witham.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Navigation House

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Navigation House visitor centre, Sleaford. Click on the picture to go to the website and follow them on Twitter here: @NavigationHouse 

The old clerks office (Navigation House) serves as a visitors centre for the canal and incorporates a shop selling local produce.  More importantly though it houses a museum and information centre with wall maps, information boards, TV and audio rooms and lots of interesting articles to inform the young and old alike. Built in 1838 this grade II listed building is a piece of history in its on right.  When visiting be sure to make your way to Navigation Yard to have a look. I know you’ll be impressed so make it a date in your diary.  For up-to-date information give them a follow on Twitter @NavigationHouse

Their current opening times are Friday to Monday 12.00pm-4.00pm.  You can ring them on 01529 305904 or email navigationhouse@n-kesteven.gov.uk to book group tours too.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Cogglesford Mill

Covid19 is still threatening its ugliness across the world but you’ll find the staff at Coggesford Watermill are very friendly and have your safety in mind.  Please do contact them prior to your visit (see the YouTube video above for details).  Don’t forget your mask while looking around this historic building though.

From Navigation House you’ll find Coggesford Mill just a short walk away.  Look out for the Kingfishers while you’re walking along the river bank.  If you’re lucky you’ll see a flash of bright blue as one goes fishing for a snack.

If you’ve come from Navigation House hopefully you bought some duck food for the inevitable feeding spectacular.  It’s always a special moment for childen if you have any with you.  However, for the adults you’ll find an array of freshly ground flour and other local produce in the shop at Coggesford Mill and if it’s a sunny day you may want to buy an ice cream there too.

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Coggesford Water Mill – if this picture downs’e tempt you to visit I don’t know what will…

The mill was originally a single story building but was later extended to three stories. Built in the 18th Century it’s still producing freshly ground flour to this day.  Its history goes way back to Saxon times so the building we see today with its two sets of millstones is relatively modern!

Seeing and hearing the mill in action is a real treat so I do hope you get to experience it.  I’ve noticed that there is now a virtual tour as well as special school trips so please do get in touch by email cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk for more information and to book. In fact, please do get in touch before visiting anyway as the Covid19 situation is continually changing.

Maintenance Closure

It’s worth noting that Cogglesford Watermill l is undergoing some improvement and maintenance work at the moment. As a result it is temporarily closed.  It’ll be open again in September though in time for the children returning to school. If you’re a teacher and would like to organise a trip please do get in touch.  Follow @Cogglesford on Twitter for regular updates.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Museum

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Discover more of the history of Sleaford by visiting the museum. Currently open every Saturday between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Click on the picture to go to the website or follow them on Twitter @MuseumSleaford 

This local history museum is a charity run by volunteers.  Opening times are limited as I write this blog but please do visit the website and twitter page for updates as additional opening times will inevitably follow the easing of Covid19 restrictions.  Don’t forget to book in before arrival to make sure they have a slot available as visits are limited to four people at a time. Keep up to date on Facebook at Sleaford Museum

Historically (excuse the pun) the museum has had exhibitions but they are limited at the moment.  Checking the website will give you the full up-to-date details though.

Local history talks take place at St Deny’s Church rooms (off the Market Place) and start at 7.30pm. Follow this link for a timetable:  Events and Talks

St Deny’s Church is visible from Eastgate (A153/B1517) and is a ‘must see’ Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th Century.  Click on the blue links to read more and find them on Facebook here St Deny’s Church Sleaford

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Getting there: The address is 81 Southgate (contact number 07518 972016) with plenty of parking and a rail link

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Places Of Interest

Sleaford certainly is a gem in the Lincolnshire countryside with lots of interesting things to do and places to visit.  It’s a market town with regular markets on Mondays and Fridays plus a famers market every first Saturday of the month.  It also has a thriving shopping area too with independent shops as well as some big chain stores.  If you fancy some shopping and a bite to eat or a drink you’ll be spoilt for choice.   Just 7 minutes drive from St Deny’s Church in Sleaford is Kirkby-La-Thorpe. Here you’ll find the 12th Century small church which also happens to be called The Church Of St Denny’s.

The Queens Head Bar And Restaurant

Kirkby-La-Thorpe is worthy of a mention because of its church of course but also the village pub which was formerly called The Queens Head Inn (on Boston Road).  The original pub achieved the prestigious Top 13 Pub in the UK award with its fantastic food and great value. It closed in early 2019 due to a combination of COVID19 and the death of a former owner.  Since then it has been taken over by a new team who’ve been putting in the hours and hard work to completely renovate and rejuvenate it.  New menus are planned with the emphasis on locally sourced produce.

The Queens Head team have been posting their progress on Twitter so if you would like to follow their journey click on this link: @QueensKirkby now. You can join in with the chat there and watch the changes being made as well as the new menus coming to life.

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Sleaford Queens Head Pub Kirkby-La-Thorpe LincsConnect

New beginnings means a new logo and I think this one is very smart. It’s modern and fresh which reflects nicely what the new owners aim to achieve. You can follow them on Twitter @QueensKirkby For reservations call 01529 305743 or visit the website www.thequeensheadpub.com

Cocktails At The Queens

Here is the new Cocktails List for the New Pub. Why not save the list to your phone and place your order when you get there?

 

The Queens Head is set to open its doors once again as a pub on 19 July 2021 and the restaurant will be opening shortly after.  Put Sunday 1 August in your diary for the restaurant but don’t forget to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.  I have no doubt that this is going to be a very popular local pub and restaurant once again.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Music

You can’t really write about Sleaford without mentioning the Saboteurs so sit back and have a listen to one or two of their songs.  They bill themselves as ‘alternative’ and ‘grunge’ but I just like their modern Indie feel.  Have a listen and make up your own mind.

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The Saboteurs bill themselves as ‘Alternative’ and ‘Grunge’ but if you like modern indie music I think you’ll agree that whatever labels they put themselves under, they’re simply ‘very good’. Click on the picture to hear a different sample of their music.

Sleaford seems to have more that it’s fair share of music opportunities so it wouldn’t be right to omit the Sleaford Live Fest which is (normally) held in May every year.  Follow them on Twitter @Sleaford_Live and Facebook Sleaford Live Festival where you’ll find lots of links to local music and arts events.  Indie rock or folk music isn’t for everyone of course so if you prefer choral music, Sleaford has that too. Normal rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings with at least three concerts each year.  However, with the onslaught of the dreaded Covid19, rehearsals have been put on hold until August 2021.  For more information take a look at the Sleaford Choral Society website and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter too @ChoralSleaford

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More Places To Visit

This blog really could go and and on as there are so many places to visit in the Sleaford area.  The blog isn’t a definitive ‘what’s on’ for the area though so as a result I’ll cut the next bit short just to give you a taster:

Rauceby Hall will be opening its gates to welcome visitors once again from 14 to 18 July 2021.  Visitors to Rauceby Hall are invited to see the performances of  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which will be performed by Sleaford Playhouse Theatre who can be found on Facebook and Twitter @SleafordTheatre

Tickets are on sale for the performances so if you want to join the fun just click on the picture below to go to the ticket office:

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Click on the picture to book your tickets

If walking is your preferred form of relaxation and mindfulness then Sleaford has certainly got you covered.  The River Slea and Canal offer scenic routes with locks and mills being just part of the delights.  This is one of the routes provided by Sleaford Navigation which I’m sure you will enjoy.  Keep your eyes open for the Haverholme Priory too.  Follow the link to read about the sad demise of the priory building.  Personally I think it’s really quite tragic.

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Click on the picture to read and download the walk which has been uploaded by Sleaford Navigation

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford – Charity

Charity begins with you and me but with so many charities needing our help it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. This North Kesteven website has a list of local charities in Sleaford so if you’re able to donate or volunteer please do click on the picture below for more information:

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Sleaford Charities LincsConnect

Are you able to help a local charity? Click on the picture to go to a list of local charities in Sleaford. Perhaps you can volunteer or make a donation?

In Case You Missed It

Take a look back at some of the previous blogs to see what you might have missed.  Click on the picture to go straight to the blog:

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough

 

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford

That’s it for now.  I hope you enjoy my local ‘Around Me’ blogs.  I’ll be grateful for any comments and feedback so feel free to email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

If you would like me to visit your town please do let me know.  Advertising comes with a FREE link to the blog for as long as you want it so you can use it again and again to help promote your business or charity.

Look after yourself and each other

 

 

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough, Through The Eyes Of LincsConnect

Around me in Lincolnshire – Gainsborough near Lincoln UK.  Gainsborough was once (in 1013) the capital of England. England was ruled from the Gainsborough Castle which is now the site of the Gainsborough Old Hall.  The status was short lived but if ever there was a claim to fame, ‘this’ has to be a pretty good contender.

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Managed by English Heritage, the Gainsborough Old Hall is closed at present but will reopen in summer 2021 (3 July). Follow @GainsOldHall on twitter for updates. Click on the picture to go straight to the English Heritage website page to book your advance tickets.

Getting To Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Located on the banks of the River Trent, Gainsborough (capitol of England in 1013) has historically had easy access routes.  Moving on, you’ll see on this map that Gainsborough is still easily accessible from the M180 to the North, the A1 to the West, the A15 to the East and the A57 from the South.  These routes make Gainsborough ideally situated for your next outing to explore our rich heritage in Lincolnshire.

The Trent Bridge was completed in 1791 (there was formerly a ferry crossing) which put an end to commercial shipping as larger boats are unable to navigate under the bridge.  However, rail links are very much alive and available. With two train stations (Lea Road and Gainsborough Central) rail travel is easy.  Trains run direct from/to Retford, Sheffield, Doncaster and Lincoln from Lea Road.  The Gainsborough Central station has direct routes to Cleethorpes and Brigg.  It’s even possible for travellers to get to Gainsborough from the new capital (London) with just one change.

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Gainsborough, Lincolnshire – easy access from every direction.

The Gainsborough Heritage Trail

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Gainsborough Heritage have produced a free booklet which includes a 90 minutes walking route. To download the .PDF click on this map

The brochure which has been produced by Gainsborough Heritage is an easy to follow and very informative glossy paper pamphlet.  As a result it will easily fold into your pocket or bag.  If you’d like a copy click on the picture above to download a .PDF to print at home.  If you prefer a printed paper version email your name and address tourism.info@west-lindsey.gov.uk The .PDF is ideal for carrying on your mobile phone. For more information follow Gainsborough Heritage Association on Facebook.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough With Call Connect

Call Connect provide an affordable and convenient bus service throughout the County.  Click on the picture to go to their website.  You can also follow them on Twitter for regular updates @CallConnectBus

Call Connect provide a valuable bus service throughout the County.  Gainsborough is well serviced by the buses so if you would like to book a journey simply register on their Call Connect website then book your journey.  Obviously they are adhering to all of the Covid-19 safety measures so you’ll be required to sanitise hands and wear a face covering before your journey.

News  News  News

EU Settlement Scheme

Time is running out so if you or someone you know are from the EU and you wish to settle and work in the UK you need to act NOW!

EU Settlement Scheme

For help with completing your application to settle in the UK contact South Lincs Citizens Advice NOW. Click on the picture or the blue link to email your interest.

A Note from Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire

“With just weeks to go before the EU Settlement Scheme deadline, our support helpline has seen a large increase in calls and referrals and we are working hard to help each and every client that contacts us for support with their application.  Many of the enquiries were from people unsure whether they need to apply to the scheme or not, many are from people who did not yet make applications for their children and we are also seeing queries from people trying to track their applications that have not yet been concluded or are facing issues accessing their application or need to provide further evidence.

Our support team are working hard across Lincolnshire to meet the demand and we aim to help as many clients as we can in the run up to the deadline.

As well as providing telephone advice and online support, we also have drop in sessions and can offer face to face advice in different locations across Lincolnshire.”

“..EU citizens, EEA and Swiss nationals and those who hold an EEA family permit not to wait until the last minute to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).”

Where To Go For Help

EU Settlement Scheme

Click on the picture to find the freephone number and link to download the application NOW.

Opening the blue picture above will show you the FREE 0800 448 0734 number to call for assistance and the website will also give a link to download the application. Multi lingual posters and more information are posted by @eusssupportlinc on Twitter.

If you know someone who may be wanting to stay in the UK please pass this information on

Local Charity

Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust, Gainsborough

Click on the logo to go to the latest blog

Two thousand one hundred and sixty four and counting…. That’s how many Greyhounds this fantastic local charity have managed to re-home. That’s a fantastic achievement. To top it off they have a policy of guaranteeing to accept any dogs that are returned.  It’s not ideal to have dogs returned but some new owners find they can’t cope with the reality of owning a dog.  That said, looking at the percentages across other charities you’ll find this Gainsborough trust are performing well.

As a charity they are always looking at ways of raising funds.  One of the successful fund raisers is their lottery.  For just £1.00 a week you’ll be in with a chance of winning a cash prize and, with a limit of 216 members it’s pretty exclusive.  Follow @LincsGreyhounds on Twitter for regular updates but if you would like to join their lottery visit the website Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust or call today:

07941 313 025

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough – Trinity Arts Centre 

Actually, ‘I’ won’t be entertaining you but the fabulous people at the Trinity Arts Centre will.  Pantomime tickets are already on sale so if you want to book your moment of ‘normality’ you’ll need to get a move on.  Aladdin opens on 10 December 2021 with the last show on 2 January 2022. Click on the picture below to go straight to the booking page and follow them on Twitter @TrinityArtsGain for regular updates:

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Gainsborough. Trinity Arts Centre

Panto season will soon be here so NOW is the time to book your tickets for the fun packed show. Family fun for everyone even if you aren’t taking children

Beginning life as the Church Of The Holy Trinity in 1843 this listed building has been completely renovated inside to become what we now know as the Trinity Arts Centre.  Just in case you were wondering, yes it is located on Trinity Street – obviously!  As expected, the Centre offers a large and diverse range of entertainment to cover most tastes.  As a result this little snapshot of what you can expect is by no means exhaustive. Click on the picture to see more:

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Gainsborough. Trinity Arts Centre

Just a taster… There’s lots more to see at the Trinity Arts Centre so click on the picture to go straight to the calendar and bookings pages.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough – Bearded Fishermen

The Bearded Fishermen are a Gainsborough based charity supporting Mental health and Suicide Prevention.  If you need help give them a call NOW:

0300 365 0019

The team are always available to help and have a proven track record.  If you’re suffering, don’t suffer in silence! The Bearded Fishermen are here for you and offer support by phone, in person (face to face) and via video.  So if you need them, call them NOW.  The picture will take you straight to their website where you can access more information so don’t delay.  You can call them on 0300 365 0019 or find them on Twitter @Brdfishermen_uk and Facebook Bearded Fishermen Charity

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Gainsborough - Bearded Fishermen Charity

Not all super heroes wear capes – some wear beards. Don’t suffer with poor mental health and suicidal thoughts. click on the logo to go straight to the website for help

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Gainsborough

Gainsborough has far more to offer than I can include in this blog but I hope you have enjoyed this little taster.

Something missing?  Get in touch if you would like something adding to the blog.  Local advertising is always welcome too of course so call me on 07966 174878 to have yours included here. The phone may go to answerphone if I’m with clients so you can also email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

In Case You Missed It:

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough

That’s it for now.  I’ll be doing more ‘Around Me’ blogs so get in touch if you would like me to feature your town.

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Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 for him and for her.  There’s lots on offer from our great County of Lincolnshire

Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021

Where to start? We all know how we interpret Valentines Day now but it wasn’t always the same.  If the notion of Valentines day can change over time then 2021 is the ideal time to change it again.  Here’s how to make Lincolnshire Valentines fitting for 2021; Don’t (solely) focus on Valentines Day as a day (or weekend) of gifts, cards, vouchers and displays of affection for partners and lovers.  Instead, make Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021 a time when you focus your love and gratitude toward people around you.

Ancient & Modern

St Valentines Day in the 11th Century was about ‘Courtly Love’  referred to the act of ‘loving’ rather than love.  In France around the time of the first Crusades (1099) Courtly Love was a term used where a knight would win the affections of his employers wife by performing deeds to impress her (there is no reference to sex or to ‘love’ as we understand it today).  Times have changed and the modern interpretation of deeds to impress takes many forms from sending a card anonymously (closer to the Courtly Love idea where the affection would remain secret), to gifts of jewellery, chocolates and meals out.

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Shalini Austin, Stamford, Lincolnshire Copper Jewellery. Valentines In Lincolnshire

Clicking on the picture takes you to the Shalini Austin website where you’ll find lots of information. Shalini is based in Stamford but has an online shop for her handmade creations. Click on the shop link to see what is available now. For Valentines in Lincolnshire ideas follow on twitter: @ShaliniAustin Valentines gifts for him and Valentines gifts for her

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – Time For Change

I don’t want to mention the dreaded ‘C’ word but you all know that 2020 and 2021 has been decidedly different.  Rising above the restrictions is what makes us so unique so it’s time to think differently.  As a result, changing the Valentines In Lincolnshire ‘norm’ is what we need to do.  Start by broadening your horizons;  The people you love need not be your lover.  If a friend or neighbour has been particularly kind and helpful you can make Valentines day the perfect opportunity to show how much you care and appreciate them. Local Valentines gifts for him and Valentines gifts for her are all around us.  Search for your perfect gift today.

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Scooby Cakes. Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her

These are Scooby Cakes and they taste as good as they look! Click on the picture to go straight to the Scooby Cakes Facebook page to see the full range. Deliveries are within 15 miles of Heckington. Order through Facebook or by phone/text 07790841431 but be quick…

 

Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her 2021 – Dining In Is Not An Option!

Restaurants should be fully booked by now but dining out isn’t an option this year.  You can still celebrate with a meal though simply by using the click and collect or delivery options. Contact your local hotel, restaurant, pub or takeaway to see what they have to offer.  Choose somewhere local and place your order today.  It’s time to get creative so you could order a meal for yourself and someone else and enjoy it over a Zoom, Teams or FaceTime catchup.  We ‘are’ creative and we ‘can’ do it so get it organised before all the delivery slots are gone.  It’ll be a wonderful way to show someone how much you care and how thankful you are for their support.  Oh, and you’ll be supporting a local eatery who desperately needs your custom right now.

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Petwood Hotel Afternoon Tea. Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her

Click on the picture to order your Afternoon Tea from the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa for £15.00 per person. Available Saturday and Sunday 13/14 February. Click and collect yours or as a treat for someone you care about for Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021. The perfect Valentines gift for him and for her.

It’s A Gift…. Voucher

Most shops are closed so buying a gift and supporting a local trader at the same time may not be so easy.  Now is the time to consider a gift voucher.  A voucher for a meal out, manicure, massage, go-carting experience etc etc is the perfect way to support our local service sector while showing someone how much you appreciate them.  If you’re looking for a Valentines gift for him or for her search Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #LincsConnectValentines to see what’s on offer locally.  Failing that, I’m sure your preferred internet search engine will come up with something for you.

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Mandarin Therapies & Mandarin Mothers provides bespoke mobile complementary therapies in the comfort of your own home so order your eVoucher now and enjoy the massage later in the year. Contact Mandarin Therapies on Facebook and @MandarinMothers on twitter.  All emergency services and armed forces are entitled to 20% discount too.  Show someone how much you care by ordering a 1, 1 1/2 or 2 hours massage. Tel 07966 174878.  Aromatherapy (including Antenatal & Postnatal) treatments are available throughout Lincolnshire and beyond.

Special Offer Ends Midnight 14 Feb 21

Mandarin Therapies is celebrating 28 years in business on 14 February this year so as a special treat you can purchase a special Valentines eVoucher for just £28.00 (normal price £60.00).  The voucher will be valid for a full 12 months (expires 13 February 2022) so you can enjoy your treatment in your own home when you feel safe to do so.  Now ‘that’ is a bargain!  Contact Mandarin Therapies on Facebook or @MandarinMothers on Twitter before midnight on 14 February 2021 to book your eVoucher and have it delivered by email, Messenger or WhatsApp.  You can print your eVoucher to give as a gift to someone you love and care about or keep it on your device to show electronically.  Not on Twitter or Facebook? Don’t worry, you can book your eVoucher by calling 07966 174878.  Show someone how much you care about them in 2021.  Ts&Cs apply. Visit www.mandarinleisure.com

Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her – Look For The Unusual And Unique

For those of you who know me you’ll know that I like art and all things ‘arty’.  Alas, I can’t even draw a stick man properly so I’m lucky there are so many talented artists around doing what they do best.  Creating art is a true gift but liking art is a very personal thing.  Variety is key so if you’re looking for local art as a gift I highly recommend taking a look at the #LincsArtCraftHour posts on twitter.  Scroll back to before Christmas to see what’s available and join us on Mondays at 12.00pm.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all art consists of a picture in a frame.  Yes, you’ll find watercolours and oil paintings in frames as well as some very creative photography but you’ll also find other things like bespoke pottery and glassware too.  You’ll find something you like for your ‘Valentines in Lincolnshire’ gift for him or for her.  We are all individuals with individual tastes so take a look to find that unique gift for that special person this Valentines Day.

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Original Arts Prints Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And for Her

For something different Fiona has the perfect gift solution. Painting onto old maps to create memories really does work and the paintings have been transferred onto cards and coasters too. Click on the picture to visit Fionas Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @origartprints All of Fionas work is suitable for him and for her so take a look today.

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – A Treat Wherever You Are

Treating a loved one and saying a special ‘thank you’ to someone special is what this blog is all about.  You can make a difference to someones health and wellbeing simply by saying thank you.  Gifts don’t have to be big or expensive to show how much you care.  A small gift will show how thoughtful you are and how much you appreciate someones love, dedication, help and support. Have a look at the advertisers here to see what is on offer and make your choice.  Showing your love and expressing how much you care will really say a lot about you.

Look beyond Valentines In Lincolnshire and consider sending your gift from Lincolnshire to friends and family further afield.  Remember too, it’s not just about Valentines Day so look to the future and try to support our local traders.

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KC Braids Beads Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And for Her

You’ll find some beautiful gifts on offer from @KcbraidsBeads so click on the picture to go straight to Kates shop. You’ll find lots of lovely Valentines gifts for him and for her with much more besides. In addition, Kate is offering 15% discount (on orders over £20.00) until the end of February 2021.

Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – Made To Last

Traditionally we may have thought of a valentines gift as a short term gift designed to last a day or so.  Jewellery is the exception to that rule of course but what about something quirky that’s made to last? Better still, something individual that’s made to last and is a ‘one off’ design! Finding a gift like that might be difficult in a normal shop but a bespoke painting or piece of art may be just what you’re looking for.  I think I may get into trouble if I bring home any more paintings or vases but I’m always looking and sometimes I come across the perfect piece that captures the mood.

Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021 ‘is’ going to be different so now is your chance for some creative thinking.  Something that captures the essence of your feelings during the last year as a gift sounds like a tall order.  I recommend thinking about what your goal may be.  A gift to show undying love is our usual idea for Valentines Day but in 2021 you may have broader considerations.  A thoughtful gift to say thank you to a friend, neighbour or family member for their help and support may be the way to go.  The gift may be as a thank you token for a hero and saviour whose help, support and love you couldn’t have done without during the pandemic.  Food for thought!

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Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday will soon be upon us so if you know of something special that needs to be in a local blog give me a call.  Contact me on 07966 174878 or martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Now is the time to get in touch if you would like to advertise here for the next blog. Don’t delay as it may just be the route to your next customer.

Domestic Abuse Is Real

A repeat message I know but by watching the video nd learning the signs you may actually be able to help someone.

Domestic abuse is a daily worry for many people across the UK and Lincolnshire is no exception! Do you know someone who used to be bubbly and outgoing but now seems more withdrawn? Perhaps you never see your friend alone anymore because the partner is always around to keep a ‘watchful eye’.  These are just two signs of potential domestic abuse.  Some signs (bruising) are obvious but control and abuse can take many forms.  What can you do about it?  You can contact @edanlincs (End Domestic Abuse Now in Lincolnshire) via twitter, through their website www.edanlincs.org.uk or by phone 01522 510041.

Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 if you need help.  If you need immediate help call Lincolnshire police on 101.  If you are in danger dial 999 and if you need a silent call add 55. As a direct result the police control room WILL monitor and trace your call and will dispatch staff to rescue you.  Don’t suffer alone.  Do seek help.  If you need refuge follow this link to REFUGE which is open 24 hours a day and has a ‘quick exit’ button for your safety.

If you know of someone who is or may be suffering, ‘do something about it’.  There is a ‘domestic abuse’ button on the Lincolnshire Police website which will be useful for information and reporting.  As a direct result, you could save someone a lot of pain and heartache.

 

In Case You Missed It

Don’t Rely On Algorithms For Lincolnshire Connections

 

Happy Impulsive New Year

Stay Safe

That’s it for now but you know the routine: ‘Stay Safe’ – Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when asked to do so and keep a safe distance from people around you.

 

 

Great Grimsby Day 2021

Great Grimsby Day 2021

                                                                                    Grimsby Minster

 

Great Grimsby Day 2021

Great Grimsby Day 2021 will be on Friday this year (traditionally held on 22 January each year) but celebrations will undoubtedly be low key due to the pandemic restrictions.  Trying to research the origins of the day has proven difficult.  The earliest mention of Great Grimsby Day that I can find is via the BBC Radio Humberside website in 2008.  Despite searching and searching I haven’t been able to find anything earlier or even the origins of the day.  However, the further I delved into the research, the more I found. If you would like to find more search for Great Grimsby Day 2021 or #GreatGrimsbyDay

Grimsby has a long history with the first charter being granted in 1201.  Grimsby is famous for being Britains seafood town of course but the deeper I delve, the more history and diversity I uncover.  The Grimsby Minster (pictured above) gained its Minster status on 16 May 2010 but its history goes way back to before 1114. Click on the picture above to go to the Minster website.

I thought it was fitting to add this YouTube video from the Minster featuring The Choirs of Grimsby Minster

Finding the opening subject of a blog featuring a town with so much rich history as Great Grimsby is bound to be difficult but I hope you’ll agree that The Grimsby Minster fits the bill pretty well.  If you would like any more information about the Minster, its services and what it has to offer the community you can follow them on Twitter @GrimsbyMinster or Facebook Grimsby Minster

Fishing From Grimsby

A huge part of the history of Grimsby revolves around the fishing industry.  Searching online I came across this wonderful Youtube video by Paul Cleary which was posted in 2014.  Paul is the son of a fisherman and is donating all proceeds from the video to the R.N.L.I and R.N.M.D.S.F.

Life And Fishing Move On

Technology and science has led to changes in fishing methods of course and JCS Fish have taken a different approach to the deep sea trawling methods:

Supplying Salmon to shops and restaurants across the country JCS Fish are at the forefront of salmon fishing and production.  You can find them on LinkedIn as JCS Fish

 

Picture taken following a visit to JCS Fish Ltd in 2016 when they had a charity cake sale. The words ‘charity’ and ‘cake’ were enough of an invitation for me to make the trip from Lincoln! Apologies for the quality of the picture though – I’m pretty sure it would have been take using an iPhone 5. It is a lovely view though isn’t it 

Smoked

Grimsby, fish and smoked all seem to go together well so if you like smoked fish you need to visit award winning Alfred Enderby for smoked haddock and smoked salmon.  Visit the website to place your order and have your selection delivered.

Click on the picture to go to the website. We all deserve something special and I think this will hit the spot.  Follow Alfred on twitter for regular updates @AlfredEnderbyGY

A Trip Worth Making

I’ve never visited on Great Grimsby Day but 22 January 2022 is in my diary now to make sure I pay another visit to take in the sights and smells of land and sea.  It would be silly to make the trip and not take in some light refreshments of course so I can recommend a visit to Riverhead Coffee for a brew and a bite to eat.  This cheeky picture was take during the same 2016 trip when I stopped off at the nearby Cleethorpes cafe.  There is a second shop in Grimsby too of course so even during the lockdown you’ll be able to buy your supplies for Great Grimsby Day 2021 of goodies including Stokes Coffee

   A coffee at Riverhead Coffee is bound to raise a smile – Click on the picture to go to the Facebook page

Food, Drink And More…

The whole of Lincolnshire is always buzzing with activity.  Famed for its food production, fantastic cafes and restaurants, warm hospitality and beer.  We have a huge brewery industry on the rise across the whole County so it would be amiss of me to not include Docks Beers in this blog.  Brewing craft beers in an old church on King Edward Street since 2018 the team deliver beer both locally and nationwide.  There is no keeping a good idea down so as a result the team have expanded to include spiced rum and gin too.

Click on the logo to visit the online shop and follow Docks Beers on Facebook or @DocksBeers on Twitter

…And More

It would be unusual to complete the Lincs Connect blog without including some music and entertainment so here goes;  Docks Beers also includes the outstanding Docks Academy where you’re sure to find the best live music, comedy and events.  Sadly the latest Red Herring Comedy Club events scheduled for February and March have had to be postponed.  Another casualty of the Covid-19 lockdown precautions but the good news is that the tickets will remain valid and the event will be re-scheduled.  Supporting local and big name bands and artists this surely has to be one of the ‘must visit’ venues in the UK.

Local Bands

Celebrating Great Grimsby Day 2021 without including a local band would be like….. well, ‘fish without chips’!

I’ve heard all of the Trak3 singles and in my mind, this is their best recording yet.  These guys are just getting better and better.  You can follow them on Twitter @Trak3_Official but don’t forget to hop over to their YouTube channel to see what else they have to offer. This one is called ‘About You’ and I think it really deserves a listen.

Indigo Bay are producing some great music too and deserve a listen.  They’ve featured on BBC Introducing @BBCLincsIntro and I’ll be really surprised if they aren’t one of the big bands of the future.  Have a listen to ‘Reservoir Relaxing’ then give them a follow on twitter @theindigobay and Facebook Indigo Bay plus their YouTube channel too of course.

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Community

Your local police force @HumberBeats is here to help and inform when you need it.  As a result, they have set up a ‘My Community Alert’ scheme for you to get information when you need it:

For more information and to sign up to the alert system go the the Humberside Police website by clicking on this link:  www.mycommunityalert.co.uk

Visit Grimsby

Grimsby has so much more to offer than I can ever list here.  You’ll find shopping at Freshney Place, Abbeygate and markets at Freeman Street, Victoria Street and of course Grimsby Top Town Market.  Between them they’ll have all of your shopping needs catered for from clothing to stamps and from farm produce to flowers.  For more information visit www.nelincs.gov.uk

Far too many fantastic businesses to mention in a single blog!  You can have a blog of your own created by contacting martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

You’ll be able to use your dedicated blog for your own personal advertising.  Get in touch for more information.

Find Locals On Twitter

Simply click on the logo to go to the twitter page:

@Freshney_Place_

 

@Abbeygategrims1

 

@NorthLincsFIS

 

@NorthLincsAIS

 

@KcbraidsBeads

@GiBoxoffice

 

@GrimsbyG_Centre

 

@tonymarsdenHR

 

@LincsLotto

 

@VisitNorthLincs

 

@officialgtfc

 

@gy_lifedrawing

 

@GrimsbyLive

 

@GrimsbySpark

 

@GrimsbyCreates

 

@GreaterLincsLEP

 

@YMCAHumber

@BritWresRev

 

@healthwatchNEL

 

@ShopIndieVibes

Add Yourself To The List

If you would like to be added to this list please get in touch.  It’s not too late to add a feature too as this blog will be live and available for Grimsby ‘forever’.  contact martin@lincsconnect.co.uk for info.

That’s It For Now

There will be more local blogs out soon but if you would like to see what else has been posted take a look at www.lincsconnect.co.uk/blogs

In Case You Missed It

Click on the pictures to go to previous blogs:

Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom

 

Happy Impulsive New Year

Stay Safe

Have a lovely Great Grimsby Day 2021 everyone and stay safe.

 

 

 

 

#WhatsOnLincs – The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom

#WhatsOnLincs – The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom

The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom

                       Click on the picture to go to the website – The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom 

There’s lots to see and do in Grimsby, even during a Covid-19 pandemic. For those of you who know me, you’ll know I’m a music fan.  I remember going to see the Grimsby Philharmonic performing ‘The Armed Man – A Mass For Peace’ by Karl Jenkins at the Grimsby Central Hall. The tickets were a gift for my birthday in October 2016 and the performance was a real treat.  Alas, the Central Hall isn’t open at the moment (more about the hall later) but the practice and performance continues for The Grimsby Philharmonic on Zoom.

                      The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom

Zoom Practice

The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom is something quite new and exciting because it means that members can still be together even though they’re on lockdown.  I’ve been told how easy it is to join in a Zoom session but it wasn’t until this week that I discovered just how easy it actually is!  I’ll explain more later in the blog.

The new Grimsby Philharmonic Zoom practice sessions start on Monday 11 January 2021 (sessions from 7.15pm – 8.45pm).  As a result you’ll be able to log in and join the fun. It’s best to allow for a 7.00pm start though to give everyone time to register and get organised before rehearsals start.  With a virtual festival planned practice will begin with John Rutter’s The Spring Of Thyme.  It’s hoped to have a performance (live or on Zoom) during the summer with proceedings conducted by Karen Beer.

The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom – You Are Invited

The choral society membership is open to everyone and all ages so if you would like to get involved you can make contact through the website www.grimsbyphilharmonicsociety.co.uk Twitter @gyphilharmonic Facebook Grimsby Philharmonic Society and Instagram grimsbyphilharmonicsociety

Diary Date

Add Monday evenings from 7.00pm into your weekly calendar, download the Zoom App (if you haven’t already) and book yourself in by making contact through one of the links above for an evening of song and socialising.

#WhatsOnLincs The Grimsby Philharmonic On Zoom starting 11 Jan 21 at 7.15pm.

Grimsby – Music And Words

Over the last week I’ve been featuring a piece by Grimsby Minster each morning as my #LincsConnect song of the week.  It’s not actually a song but I saw it and just felt it fitted nicely into the Lincs Connect sense of heritage and way of thinking.  The video link to that is below but you’ll also notice a Facebook video above too which is an organ recital to raise much needed funds.  Please do have a listen and make a donation if you can.

You can follow Grimsby Minster on facebook by clicking on this link: Grimsby Minster

“In To My Loving Arms”

A piece written by Ben Keaton and read by Gemma Baker.  A wonderful piece describing the soul of Grimsby

Grimsby Central Hall

A ‘must visit’ theatre close to the centre of Grimsby which, if you have never been before, will surely surprise you!  All quiet and in darkness now due to the National Covid-19 lockdown but definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY a lace to visit in the future.  It’s a charity run organisation so your support is vital for its survival but ‘survive’ it must!

Did you know that it has its own Fishermans chapel and war memorial?  The building ‘shouts’ grandure with its marvellous staircase and fantastic auditorium.  Have a look at their Twitter page @BoxOfficeGCH to look back at some of the performances that have been put on for our delight.  There are other rooms that can be hired out there too of course.  As a result you’ll be able to plan your meetings, parties, gatherings or even exercise sessions while at the same time supporting the survival of some local history.

       Click on the picture to go to the website contact page

               Click on the picture for more information

If you’re in the Grimsby area and didn’t know this marvellous piece of heritage was on your doorstep I strongly urge you to pay a visit when it’s safe to do so.  Here are some pictures from inside the chapel:

Zoom In…

Confession time!  This week was the first time I’ve used Zoom.  It wasn’t really a case of ‘resisting’ it or being ‘fearful’ of the technology but I just hadn’t had cause to use it before.  Most of my work is done on an individual basis so FaceTime of WhatsApp video calls have been my obvious choices.  However, I had an interview with Richard Watts from Barton FM radio station and he needed it to be on Zoom to record and upload it onto YouTube.  I was surprised how easy it was too organise.  I simply downloaded the Zoom App from my Apple store, copied and pasted the link he sent me and that was it!  Even I can do it!!

The interview centred around an explanation of what #LincsConnect is and my plans for the new #ShopLincs hashtag and App too.  As a result of the interview you are able to see the YouTube results here:

The @LincsConnect #ShopLincs hashtag is now live and the App should be available soon. For a little more information take a look at this blog:

Happy Impulsive New Year

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That’s It For Now

I hope you enjoy reading my blogs.  If you would like a blog about your area or something you are passionate about please do get in touch.

Stay Safe

Please follow the rules even if you don’t agree with them.  We can achieve great things when we work together so please stay in if you can, wash your hands regularly, keep your distance and wear a face covering over your mouth ‘and nose’ whenever instructed.

 

 

Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes

Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes

Click on the picture to hear the new single and have the opportunity to buy your own copy. Every purchase will help someone local so that will make you a Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero too!

 Christmas Angel by Jake Newby

Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes are all around us and this charity fund raising single is a perfect example.  It’s been a pretty bad year for most of us and it’s fair to assume that the local (and national) charities have been hit very hard as we tighten our belts and reign in our spending.  It’s important to remember though that if we don’t have the cash to spend we might be able to use our talents and skills to help others.  Jake Newby from Louth has done just that!  You can click on the picture above to go straight to his website to listen to the new song ‘Christmas Angel’. If you buy a copy you’ll instantly become one of the Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes too!

Why? Because all proceeds will be going to help local food banks!  Not only is it a lovely song by a very talented singer but it’s helping those who may be experiencing hardship right now. In addition to his website you’ll also be able to find him on Facebook Jake Newby.

You can also download a copy from iTunes.  Just follow the link by clicking on the picture below:

Click on the picture to download your copy from iTunes

You Can Donate To Become One Of The Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes

Find out more by clicking on this picture. Gemma will be really pleased to hear from you and you can become a Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero too.

On the subject of Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes, meet Gemma from @vegoutlincoln on Twitter who is collecting cash donations through her Just Giving page. You can help by donating a little bit of cash of course. Just click on the picture above to donate if you can.  Here’s a quote from Gemma to explain: “This Christmas we would REALLY love to be able to support our local community by building plant based food packages for the Lincoln Food Bank… As a business we will be compiling food packages ready for delivery to the food bank on 18th December.”  It goes without saying of course that your donations will be funding plant based meals for those with special dietary requirements.

Local Lincolnshire Food Banks

I know the subject is Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes but The Lincolnshire Food Partnership is very active in our region all year.  They work tirelessly to make sure as many people as possible have access to food. It’s a partnership of several different organisations who come together to coordinate and distribute food to those who need it.  You can find them on twitter @food_lincoln or click on the link above/picture below to go to their website.  Being in food poverty is a real problem and has been heightened during the current pandemic.  If you can help them in any way please do contact them. If you’re in need of help in any way please don’t be afraid to ask.  The food banks are here to help.

Click on this picture to go straight to the interactive map and locate a food bank near you.  They’re there to help but will also be grateful for donations

Getting Around Lincolnshire At Christmas With The Lincoln DialaRide Social Heroes

Food is vital of course but it’s important to remember other aspects of what it takes to be a Lincolnshire social hero.  I’ve been watching the ‘comings and goings’ of the Lincoln DialaRide team over the past few months and it’s fair to say they’re doing a fantastic job. Lincoln Area DialaRide Ltd is a Registered Charity. It’s managed by a Board of Trustees that includes users of the DialaRide (DAR), Voluntary Car Scheme (VCS) & Shopmobility services.” That pretty much sums up the description don’t you think? There is still more and more, and more…. to add but the list of good deeds they do is far too big to mention it all here.

Staffed mainly by volunteers the Lincoln DialaRide has been serving the community for 30 years.  Not only does it provide local transport to hospitals and shops but the service also takes people to funerals.  Delivering food for the Food Bank to those unable to collect as well as being a drop off point for collections. This really is just scraping the surface of the huge amount they do for the community.  Other services include providing mobility for shopping for those who are less able.  If you would like to volunteer for your community you might like to contact Lincoln DialaRide.  Here are the links for Twitter, Facebook and their website:   Twitter @lincolndar Facebook Lincoln.dar website www.lincolndialaride.co.uk

#NoExcuseForAbuse

Domestic abuse affects women and men regardless of age, education, religion, race or sexual orientation.  It’s not something we should tolerate in our society but it’s possible that some ‘victims’ may not even know that they are victims! If you would like to reach out for help End Domestic Abuse Now (EDAN) @EDANlincs is here for you.  You can follow them on Twitter or check out their website : www.edanlincs.org.uk where you’ll find a handy ‘Escape From The Website’ button on the top right of the page.  Take a look at this video on Facebook or YouTube:

Domestic abuse is never OK. If you’re in danger of harm call 999. EDAN Lincs is here to support you. Click on the pictures to view the video on Facebook or YouTube

                                                                         

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Christmas Presents Needed In Lincolnshire

Well, maybe not too cold if you’re indoors with the central heating on but spare a thought for the homeless. Circumstances can change quite quickly if bad luck hits; It could mean you don’t have a roof over your head!  Thankfully there are several fantastic charities in our area who regularly ‘step up to the mark’ to help those in need.  I don’t want to try to list them all because I’m bound to miss out someone important.  The Lincoln YMCA is one of several organisations that help to get people off the streets and into housing.  Would it surprise you to know that they have 175 residents currently in shelter at the moment?

The Lincoln YMCA Shoebox Campaign 2020 need our support. Be a Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero. Just Click on the picture to go to the website for more information or find them on Twitter @YMCAlincs

If you have any spare shoe boxes please donate them to the YMCA.  Better still, if you can provide any of the items listed in the picture above please feel free to include them too. Don’t forget to mark the box ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ though for certain items. Moving up to the North of our County you’ll find more projects underway with the YMCA Humber team.  You can support them by organising your own fundraising events.  Take a look at the picture below for more information:

Support @YMCAHumber with their project ‘Give As You Live’ by setting up your own fundraiser challenges. You too can be a ‘Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero’ Click on the picture to find out more

 

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together

We may not be able to physically spend a Lincolnshire Christmas together but I’m sure we’ll do our best to to make it festive and fun.

If the Covid-19 virus restrictions allow I hope there’ll be some form of limited travel allowed. On a personal note I think I prefer to spend my time with my family at home.  Yes, it’s going to be different and difficult but ‘hopefully’ it’ll be a restriction for just this year.  I’ve no doubt it’s going to be lonely for many people but with a little lateral thinking and our community spirit I’m sure we’ll find a way to reach out….. Read More

Click on the picture to read more about ‘A Lincolnshire Christmas Together’

For A Lincolnshire Christmas Use #LincsConnectChristmas

If you’re wondering who is posting on the hashtag I suggest you have a look today. For a Lincolnshire Christmas use #LincsConnectChristmas on your tweets to reach more local people. Don’t forget to search the hashtag too because you’ll find lots of lovely gift ideas there.  The hashtag isn’t just for Twitter though;  There are posts on Facebook and Instagram too so go to your search bar and type in #LincsConnectChristmas to see what comes up…. Read More

Click on the picture to read more about ‘For A Lincolnshire Christmas Use #LincsConnect’

That’s All For Now…

That’s it for the blog at the moment but I do intend to update this one and post several more blogs too.  Get in touch with any requests by emailing me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Stay Safe